Interview: Bruichladdich Master Distiller Jim McEwan

How life on the isle of Islay, Scotland inspired a famed master distiller to help resurrect the historic whisky distillery

Sharing a glass of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, master distiller Jim McEwan marvels over the oil content in the class. After decades at Bowmore and garnering countless awards, McEwan was tasked to reopen Bruichladdich in 2000 and restore some hope and much needed jobs in Islay, Scotland. At a recent tasting in Los Angeles, in anticipation of the release of their heavily peated Octomore 6.3 …

Utah’s French Oak Aged Beehive Gin

The distillery's Barrel Reserve stuns with botanicals, vanilla and smoke

When Beehive Distilling opened its doors in August 2013, it became the first gin distillery in the state of Utah since 1870. After nearly a year of tweaking the recipe these first time spirit-makers released their inaugural batch in June 2014. Since, their Jack Rabbit iteration has reached much acclaim for a rich botanical blend inspired by the Utah deserts. It’s their Barrel Reserve, however, …

Wyoming Whiskey

Small-batch bourbon whiskey, with all ingredients sourced within 100 miles of the distillery

Far from what’s considered the land of bourbon in the American south, just east of Yellowstone National Park in the expansive state of Wyoming, a new tradition in distilling is underway. Based in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming Whiskey counts the 100-mile wide plateau as a key collaborator in their small-batch bourbon—partially because all of the ingredients in their lightly caramel and vanilla spirit come from …